Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff)

The blog of Xeno, a slightly mad scientist

France decrees new rooftops must be covered in plants or solar panels

Rooftops on new buildings built in commercial zones in France must either be partially covered in plants or solar panels, under a law approved on Thursday. Green roofs have an … Continue reading

March 21, 2015 · Leave a comment

A map of human problems

I want something I can’t find on the net: a visual interactive map of human problems and where we are along the various paths to solutions. I want everyone to … Continue reading

June 21, 2014 · 5 Comments

Solar Freakin’ Roadways

Not a good idea from an engineering point of view, but fun! For practical reasons we would be much better off building huge solar arrays across the Sahara desert, not … Continue reading

June 21, 2014 · Leave a comment

Yes Men Strike at Homeland Security Conference

100% Renewable energy on the way for the USA? Watch the video here. Awesome.

May 2, 2014 · Leave a comment

13-year-old builds working nuclear fusion reactor

Not many 13-year-olds would describe themselves as an “amateur nuclear scientist.” That’s precisely what Jamie Edwards calls himself. When most kids his age are off playing video games, Edwards stays … Continue reading

March 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

Clue to earthquake lightning mystery

Mysterious lightning flashes that appear to precede earthquakes could be sparked by movements in the ground below, US scientists say. Unidentified glowing objects were spotted moments before major quakes in … Continue reading

March 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

Drilling surprise opens door to magma-powered electricity

… Can enormous heat deep in the Earth be harnessed to provide energy for us on the surface? A promising report from a geothermal borehole project that accidentally struck magma—the … Continue reading

February 8, 2014 · Leave a comment

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